Meet our team that makes The Apraxia Foundation Possible!!
Jordan Christian LeVan
President & Founder
Jordan Christian LeVan is an apraxia, disability, and mental health advocate. He graduated in 2020 with his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, focusing on Mental Health, with his minor in General Biology, from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jordan began his advocation by being the person he needed when he was younger, so he first started his advocation by beginning his blog called Fighting for my Voice: My Life with Verbal Apraxia, where he gives people an inside view of what it’s like to live with Verbal Apraxia. He is the author of the book series called Jordan’s World, a non-fiction book series about his life as a child growing up with Verbal Apraxia. In his free time, Jordan enjoys writing, spending time with friends, listening to music, and doing advocation work in numerous aspects. He is also a motivational speaker, mentor, and research collaborator. Jordan’s goal is to educate the world and spread acceptance of all differences. From previous life experiences, he wants to create a world where we all come together as one and celebrate each person's uniqueness. He is excited to see where the organization will go and flourish to help all individuals with Apraxia and other related communication differences.
Lindsay Townsend studied journalism at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has her bachelor's degree in Media Studies from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines and is also the editor for the book series Jordan’s World. Lindsay has taught elementary and middle school for the public and private school system. She is a licensed NC realtor. She is also a lifestyle photographer. Lindsay is a wife and mother. She is very involved in her church. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, doing yoga, cooking, shopping, and reading. She looks forward to this new journey with The Apraxia Foundation: Hearing All Voices. After growing up and seeing the lack of resources for her brother with apraxia, she looks forward to helping and educating others in ways that weren’t available years ago.
Laura Baskall Smith MA, CCC-SLP is a speech/language pathologist in Denver, Colorado specializing in the assessment and intervention of children with childhood apraxia of speech at her private practice A Mile High Speech Therapy. Prior to specializing in CAS, she worked for 14 years as a school based speech language pathologist. She is the mother to a child with apraxia and author of the book Overcoming Apraxia. Laura has written on CAS in numerous publications and is often asked to give lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. A self described fierce advocate, Laura spreads apraxia awareness and information on her social media handles under the name SLP Mommy of Apraxia.
Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
Andrea Schamberger was homeschooled and completed her last two years of high school at a local community college. From there, she spent a semester at Bible school, but chose to get married young and work in childcare rather than finishing her college education. She and her husband have two daughters, the oldest who graduated high school in 2021, and the youngest who has Apraxia. Andrea works in the home, raising and homeschooling her youngest daughter, writing a blog, has authored two non-fiction books about life, and will soon be publishing book number 3 which talks in depth about raising a child with special needs. She is also very involved in her church. In her free time, she enjoys road trips, reading, writing, and hosting graduate students from the local chiropractic college in her home. She is excited to work with The Apraxia Foundation and its volunteers!